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  • n. In the British service, a gunner or a gunner's mate; one of the soldiers in a train of artillery, who assisted the gunners in loading, firing, and sponging the guns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Formerly, in the British service, a gunner or a gunner's mate; one of the soldiers in a train of artillery, who assisted the gunners in loading, firing, and sponging the guns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formerly, one of the soldiers in a train of artillery who were next to the gunners, and assisted them in loading, firing, and sponging the guns. They carried firelocks, and marched with the store-wagons as guards and assistants.

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Examples

  • Fourth: you really blew it after that: and each private or matross shall furnish himself with all the equipements of a private in the infantry, until proper ordnance and field artillery is provided.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Supreme Court Agrees To Decide Whether the Second Amendment Applies to the States

  • "Hurrah for the Hymns!" cheered Brereton, as a number of the gunners and matross men dropped, and the remainder, deserting the cannon, fell back on the infantry.

    Janice Meredith

  • 'No danger now,' saith the gunner, 'but begone, for there are five more charging,' which was true; for two hours after those cannons were discharged, and unluckily killed our cannoneer and matross.

    William Lilly's History of His Life and Times From the Year 1602 to 1681

  • They have also ordered the two companies of Governor's guards, all the indepen - dant matross companies, and light infantry thro the State, the two State regiments at Ilorsneck, and so many of the sea coast guards as to make up 2,100 men. to be in readi - ness to march at the direction of the Governor and Digitized by VijOOQIC

    Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • On the Representation of John Lucas Commissary of pension - ers, in behalf of Stephen Rogers, a matross and artificer in Capt.

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court

  • And it is further Resolved, That there be allowed and paid to each serjeant and private soldier as aforesaid, for wages, every callendar month dur - ing their continuance in said service, the following sums respec - tively, viz. to each serjeant, the sum of thirty pounds per month; to each matross, the sum of twenty seven pounds per month.

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court

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    Seth Bauer: A Day Without a Carbon Footprint

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    Seth Bauer: A Day Without a Carbon Footprint

  • "raw lads from the village and adjoining farms," in all the bravery of local militia uniform -- blue coats "faced with red, matross swords, and hats of '76."

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • These “Academy boys” were ambitious; each annual exhibition was crowded, to listen to the speeches “of Coriolanus, Iago, Brutus, and Cassius” by “raw lads from the village and adjoining farms,” in all the bravery of local militia uniform ” blue coats “faced with red, matross swords, and hats of '76.”

    James Fenimore Cooper

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  • "... he had been reduced in rank from bombardier to matross (the rank below bombardier in an artillery battery, now abolished)."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 153

    May 11, 2010

  • "MATROSSES, soldiers in the artillery who load, fire and sponge the guns." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008